Winter 11 (Wit Goud) | Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal

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Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by rtepiak on 03-17-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 31
Photo of rodney45
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: beware the cork. I let it sit for a bit after moving from the fridge and it didnt overflow or shoot across the room. For safe measure keep a thumb over the cork when undoing the wire cage. Poured into a 12 oz tulip.

A: Unclarified sunset or heatlamp yellow. Big white foamy head. Pour gently or it will be simply unmanageable. Nice lacing. Might do well by leaving the bottom of this beer in the beer, like a homebrew. A lot of yeast sediment.

S: Malt, fennel, pear and esters. With a small amount of skunkyness.

T: First notes are of malt, lemon zest, corriander. Second notes are of pear, maple syrup (not sweet, just the maple), and diner fruit cup oranges. Dry and skunky aftertaste.

M: Light mouthfeel, high carbonation. Slightly bitter, slightly skunky.

O: This is good for the style. I could have done with less skunk and chickory. I feel like with these beers i can put myself into a time of old, where a beer like this would be brewed for the farmer, and the farm hand equally, to be shared in the shade of a farmhouse in northern france after a day of harvesting wheat, or hops.

P.S. Beer 1 of my 2012 saison quest. An underappreciated and underreviewd beer style(by me). Basically one man's quest to prove himself wrong. I basically said in 2011 that I'll drink any beer as long as its not a saison, and then I tried an outstanding beer, a true dazzler, and it turned out to be a siaison. Now im on a quest to review and enjoy as many as i can find.

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Photo of nickfl
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a huge, three finger head of off-white foam on top of a clear, dark copper colored body. The head settles so slowly that it almost refuses to dissipate and when it finally does drop down, it leaves excellent lace.

S - Caramel, dry toast, lemony acidity, and some musty hops in the background.

T - Bready malt with some toasted character up front. Light caramel and herbal hops come out in the middle. The beer finishes with dry toast, caramel, and more herbal hops.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A very nicely done dark saison. The malt is dark enough to bring caramel and dark bread but it stops short of becoming at all roasty, which allows the hop character to shine through. The high carbonation and dry finish make for a very drinkable beer, this beer is well worth seeking out.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 picked up tonight at the COOP ... Green bottle .... KEEP YOUR THUMB OVER THE CORK AS YOU UNWRAP THE CAGE!!!! I read another BA's review and luckily heeded his warning.... Twist... twist... POP!! It looked to start fizzing up the neck of the bottle pretty quickly too. Poured into my Cigar City snifter ... off white head has great persistence and lacing.. the brew is a sorta hazy orange.

I don't know what Chicory root smells/tastes like, but I am getting a pretty bitter smelling note in the nose... also there seems to be a decent throw of aroma hops into the kettle. Pear ester fruitiness... smells a touch sweet.

Flavor is nice... sorta like a slightly sweet pear cider... the sweetness shows up front but quickly dissipates leaving the finish nicely dry.. What I guess is the Chicory comes out a bit floral with a dry bitter quality.

Body seems a touch thick for the style... but I guess not too thick given the hefty ABV. Obviously a good carbonation.

Pretty decent... I actually like it.... Get rid of the green bottle though! This bottle wasn't skunked, but I really thought about just skipping it.


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Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange/amber color with a three-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thick, sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled funky and slightly yeasty with nice notes of grain and caramel.

T - It tasted very spicy with sweet caramel and grains. It had a touch of funkiness and yeastiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty good saison. I preferred it to their Dark saison.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a bottle of the '11 Vintage Winter according to the large numerals on the label.

NOTE: Beware the cork on this one. Although I seem to be only the second BA to review this brew, I also have had the cork go rogue and bounce off the ceiling the moment I removed the wire cage! So please play it smart, and please don't point this one at anything or anyone that can be damaged, its a loose cannon!

Pours out an opaque golden-amber color with a large blast of a frothy head that fizzles out to nothing, no lacing left behind, quite a lot of chunky sediment in the brew as well, which dances around in the vigorous carbonation bubbles. If only there was lacing or some strength to the head structure, or less sediment, I would rate it much higher on appearance.

Strong elements of Belgian Yeast funk are present in the nose as well as a strange sort of musty tree bark smell...although the brewery claims to have added chicory to this brew, that's the closest I can come to detecting it in the smell : only as a strong pseudo-woody bark character. Also getting a strong wet hay funk and hefeweizen-like grain smell with a bouquet of florals and undercurrents of dark fruit esters. COMPLEX. I'd give it a 5.0 if only the chicory was less murky and vague.

The taste is surprising in its high amounts of white wine impressions. A nice dry one, too....tastes as if somebody thought it would be a good idea to blend a Belgian Pale half-and-half with a really high quality Chardonnay. And guess what, it turned out to be a TERRIFIC idea. Florals and the funk of a really dry Saison are used as delicious seasoning to accentuate this idea.

Mouthfeel is much too gritty from excess sediment even though I was careful with decanting, the carbonation threw those particles all over the place in my bottle. Texture is DRY and even chalky at times, the constant dryness of this brew can be tiring if not paced well. But these are really my only complaints as far as mouthfeel goes...

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Photo of rtepiak
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a very nice pour of a golden hazy and nice tight bubbled white head of about 3 fingers. some lace but not too much but still enough retention to hold a head for the twenty minutes the beer was out. nose of creamy strawberries and hay funk. as the beer warms some wheat malt properties. palate is quite refreshing and rather fantome saison like grittier. some mineral munich quality to fruit notes. seems a bit smoother than any other dormaal i've had. but i think its been thoroughly christmas spiced. notes of licorice, coriander and a base grain meatiness. great. just as great as on tap.

had it again about six months later and the beer become somewhat volatile. cork flew for the ceiling once the cage was loose. palate was mineral forward than before. intense carbonation. flu tablet feel.

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Winter 11 (Wit Goud) from Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
3.97 out of 5 based on 31 ratings.
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